It seems I’ve been writing all my life, and for some reason I’ve always been attracted to the odd, the unusual. In junior high English, I wasn’t satisfied with using the characters from our grammar books for my exercises; I had to use Tarzan and Jane. I guess the teacher was amused, at least, because she never complained. In tenth grade I wrote a “novel” featuring my two best friends and me as space cadets. (No comments from the peanut gallery; it got me 100 extra credit points. Come to think of it, that was the first time I got “paid” for a story.)
For many years thereafter I labored in relative (okay, absolute) obscurity. I attended UCLA, got married, and slowly learned the tools of the trade. By now, I can at least name most of the tools, even if I don’t use them all correctly. I write creative nonfiction during the day, and do the fun stuff at night.
In 2008, I attended the Taos Toolbox advanced writing workshop offered by award-winning author Walter Jon Williams, featuring Kelly Link as his co-instructor and Stephen R. Donaldson as guest lecturer. I shared the seminar with Hugo Award winner David D. Levine and future Hugo winner Will McIntosh.
It was there that I learned about the Codex Writers Group, an invaluable source of news, advice, and support that I recommend to all newly-minted authors. In 2012, I qualified to become a full member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a feat I took long to comprehend.
I recently finished the final book of my Stolen Future trilogy, entitled The Cosmic City, due out early in 2017. I have also published a non-fiction book on protecting your assets in the stock market called How to Know if Your Stockbroker is Ripping You Off–And What You Can Do About It, which draws on my thirty years in the securities industry.
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